I wondered if anyone would find this site interesting? It has kept me entertained for a few years!
It allows you to record the first time you notice seasonal changes like bud first on trees, butterflies and wild flowers
Yesterday I was able to add the date I had heard the cuckoo for the first time this spring.
I’m not from UK, but I have to say this is great. I was really surprised to hear cuckoo song 2 weeks ago.
What kind of insects can you record in spring?
I think they track the same species every year so that comparisons can be made. It is mainly common butterflies, usually the first one we see in the spring is the Brimstone. This is good to include as its colour makes it unmistakable. About half a dozen other butterflies as they emerge from hibernation, red tailed bumble bees and queen wasps.
The most interesting feature is comparing the maps that are produced from the data, as spring moves north over the British Isles, and then comparing these maps from year to year to see if spring really has arrived early!
That’s a great site, Motherhen :D
Things tend to get a bit skewed down here on Scilly because it’s generally so mild that we almost slide straight from autumn into spring with very little winter in between. Winter usually takes the form of gales and occasional extremely short cold spells.
My cowslips were flowering happily by the middle of last month including a self-sown seedling in the cracks of the paving outside the small greenhouse. I love cowslips!
The cuckoo was heard here about three weeks ago because several ladies at our WI committee meeting said they’d already heard it.
Right now we have Geranium maderense and Echiums pininana and candicans providing a magnificent Canary-Islands flavour to the Scillies.
Hello Armorel :))
It’s good to see you!
It sounds as if you are well on the way to summer, with your lovely mild climate.
I remember a few years ago, the Nature’s Calendar website was asking for volunteers in your part of the British Isles. I almost emailed you, but it seemed bit forward of me!
I’m sure they would appreciate your recordings, if you get the time. Most of the spring landmarks are past now but it starts again to chart the autumn.
It is interesting you should mention your Echium, I’m nursing one here in Kent!!! As I speak it is all dressed up in its fleece for what I hope is it’s last week of hard work!! I started the seeds three winters ago, and I thought they were supposed to be biennial? Not here in Kent anyway! Three stressful, winters with the neighbours thinking I’m barking mad wrapping up a plant growing in the Lane, and it is in bud!!!! It has only got to survive this next few days of unseasonably cold weather and I can relax. I don’t think I’ll be saving the seeds to try again!!!!
Kudos to you for growing an echium in Kent! That’s quite an achievement. I hope it doesn’t get frosted in this cold snap, especially after it’s taken you three years to get it this far! The blue of the flowers is just unbelievable.
The wind has been a brisk, cold northerly today but the sun has been shining and we’ve had a lot of blue skies with occasional brief hailstorms. Out of the wind, people were sitting in T-shirts soaking up the sun! We’ve had no snow but we have had hail.
I’ll bookmark the Nature’s Calendar site :)